The Poughkeepsie City School District was recently honored with the New York State School Boards Association Champions of Change award for the City Connects Initiative. City Connects is a nationally renowned program from the Boston College Lynch School of Education that, through an innovative data tracking system, allows the district to connect an individualized success plan to each student to address the out-of-school factors that impact learning.
The three-year pilot program is funded by Dutchess County and is an outcome of work done by the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet, co-chaired by Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
In correspondence to the district, Robert S. Schneider, NYSSBA executive director, wrote “We understand there are many incredibly meritorious programs and projects throughout the state, and NYSSBA is celebrating yours!” Mr. John Redman, NYSSBA Area 9 Director presented a colorful banner to the Poughkeepsie City School District in recognition of the school district’s implementation of the program.
Accepting the banner were Jakira Kellogg, PCSD’s City Connects coordinator, Da’Ron Wilson, executive director of school engagement, and Dr. Eric Jay Rosser, superintendent of schools. Absent from the photo was Karmen Smallwood, Dutchess County’s assistant commissioner youth services, who was unable to join due to a scheduling conflict.
The banner has been hung on Kellogg's office door at Poughkeepsie Middle School.